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  • When I was young I loathed the dusk, knowing that it was the time to go lay in a bed, shut my eyes, and wait eight or so hours until the sun rose over that crooked suburban Ypsilanti skyline.

    The warm embrace of the morning sunlight that reached through the kitchen window was one of my favorite little things. I always woke up, every weekend or summer day, before my parents just to sit in its glow on the linoleum floor, trying to warm up my toes.

    That was then however, back there in the four-bedroom, brown-painted, two-car-garage house. That was when my favorite books were mystery novels with the most obvious endings, and my favorite music was whatever classical piece my piano teacher assigned for me to practice.

    No, that was then. Now I embrace the night, it's beauty ever-so fascinating. Its silence a great soundtrack for the dead and my many last minute writing of an almost-forgotten essay due in the morning. Yes, procrastination.

    But I find myself longing for the night not only for its facilitation for my homework, but also for its ability to calm the surroundings of a frequently-intruding sister, two overworked parents, and chatter from telephone conversations or a television. With the exception of the occasional cargo train that passes by my family's home, everything is still. Serene. Perfect.

    I find that I could hear myself as well. I think many deep thoughts, usually without knowing I do, but the night is a medium for those thoughts. With a dark, blank canvas, the night allows me to think aloud or just simply contemplate many things I prefer unsaid.

    The night is a sanctuary, free from nearby life. Everyone is at peace, and I can find my own peace.

    Everyone carries a room about inside them. This fact can be proved by means of the sense of hearing. If someone walks fast and one pricks up one's ears and listens, say at night, when everything round about is quiet, one hears, for instance, the rattling of a mirror not quite firmly fastened to the wall.
    — Max Richter, The Blue Notebooks
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